CM Punk surpasses John Cena's 380-day WWE Title reign
WWE Champion CM Punk began his current title reign by defeating Alberto Del Rio in a grueling match at Survivor Series on Nov. 20, 2011. ( PHOTOS) Since then, The Second City Savior has successfully defended the prestigious WWE Championship against the likes of Chris Jericho, Kane, Daniel Bryan, Big Show, John Cena, Ryback and more. ( WATCH | PHOTOS).
Take a look at how Punk's reign stacks up against 24 other longest-reigning WWE Champions of the last 25 years. ( CLICK HERE FOR A FULL-SIZE GRAPHIC)
The Second City Saint's reign as champion hit an unexpected road block this month when Punk underwent knee surgery just weeks before WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, preventing him from defending the title at the prestigious event. While Punk convalesces, John Cena has officially commented on the champion's reign only one day after being surpassed.
"Injured or healthy, today @CMPunk is the longest reigning @WWE champ in modern era, it would be hypocritical not to acknowledge + respect it," Cena wrote. "Sometimes luck is as valuable as skill, but the record books will not say it was a 'lucky 381 and counting', it'll just say 381, + counting."